Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park

FDR Returns for Park’s 70th

June 26, 2008, 7:51 am
In 1937, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt motorcaded through Grays Harbor County, pausing to eat lunch at Lake Quinault during a fact-finding tour of the Olympic Peninsula. It wasn’t a long stay, but long enough for FDR to be moved by the area’s stunning natural beauty and enormous stands of timber. A year later, on June 29, 1938, Roosevelt by executive decree transformed what had been the Olympic National Monument into the Olympic National Park.